Blugold retires after decades of bringing the art world to northern Michigan

| Julie Poquette

You never know where a Blugold degree might take you.

As a student at UW-Eau Claire in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Eugene Jenneman studied astronomy along with physics and chemistry before graduating with a physical science degree in 1971.

His UW-Eau Claire astronomy courses led to an interest in running a planetarium, and Jennenman landed his first job at an art, science and history museum in northeastern Michigan because it had such a facility. Then, after just a short time in that position, Jenneman developed an appreciation for art that would send his career in a whole new direction.

After 13 years as assistant director and planetarium coordinator at the Jesse Besser Museum in Alpena, Michigan, and then as executive director at the Erie Museum Authority in Erie, Pennsylvania, Jenneman went on to become the founding executive director of the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, Michigan, overseeing the design, construction and opening of the fine arts museum in 1991.

Jenneman, who retires this summer from his post with the Dennos Museum Center after nearly 30 years, was featured in a recent Interlochen Public Radio story in northern Michigan. Read and/or listen to the full story.

Photo credit: Dan Wanschura, Interlochen Public Radio